S.T. Game 4. Estrada’s 9th inning HR lifts Yanks to 4-1 win.

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Thairo Estrada hit a 3-run HR in the top of the 9th to lift the Yanks to a 4-1 win over Baltimore in their spring training contest today. The win moves the Yanks to 3-1 for the spring.

Estrada hit .290-8-49 between low A and High A last year. He just turned 21. He is an infielder. He also had 18 SB.

Greg Bird had 2 doubles in the game but needs some work on his baserunning, getting thrown out twice at third when he shouldn’t have been.

So far the pitching competition for the last two rotation spots has been great. All five competitors (Mitchell, Severino, Green, Cessa and Warren) have thrown two scoreless innings each.

Top prospect Clint Frazier had a hustle double.

Chad Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Rutckyj 1 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up a HR. Blown save.
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Marsh 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Mantiply (w, 1-1) 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Haynes (S) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yankees’ pitchers combined on a 4-hitter.

There will be two games tomorrow. Split squad. Tanaka starts the home game, Cessa the road game.




S.T. Game 3. Severino sharp in Yanks’ 7-2 win. Castro, McKinney HR.

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Luis Severino had a nice debut in the majors in 2015, going 5-3 with an ERA of 2.89, but last year was a disaster. In 11 starts, he was 0-8, 8.50. He fared better in relief, going 3-0, 0.39.

At just 23, the Yankees and Severino still hope his role is as a starter and Severino worked with fellow countryman Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Famer, on some things this offseason. Severino looked good today in pitching two scoreless, hitless innings in the Yanks’ 7-2 win over Toronto. The win puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 2-1.

Starlin Castro hit a 3-run HR.

Billy McKinney, who the Yanks got along with Gleyber Torres in the Chapman deal, hit a 2-run HR. The lefty swinging OF, 22, hit .246-4-44 in AA last year and could be AA bound again.

Gary Sanchez may be 0 for 6 in two spring training games so far, but he showed today that he isn’t only offense and home runs. In case you forgot about his arm, he threw out two runners trying to steal—in the same inning.

Yankees’ pitchers combined on a three-hitter, with 10 K.

Severino (w) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Barbato (H) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Gurka 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Lail 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up HR
Feyerisen (H) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Graham 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.


S.T. Game 2: Torres shines in Yanks’ 6-5 loss.

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First off, let me apologize for not being able to do more at various meetings and with various blogs. I can’t make various meetings or do more than what I am doing. What with my work schedule and checking in on an aging mom, even doing this blog is difficult sometimes as far as finding the time. Not to mention my own health and trying to improve that. To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, Time is NOT on my side.

The Yanks tied the game in the top of the ninth but gave up a run in the bottom half to lose to the Phillies 6-5 to even their spring training record at 1-1.

For me, the highlight of the game was the performance of some kids who will start the year at AA or AAA, especially the highly touted SS, Gleyber Torres, who at 19 (now 20), was MVP of the Arizona Fall League just a few short months ago.

Torres doubled twice, one down the LF line and the other down the RF line, and scored two runs. Three of the Yanks’ five runs came on wild pitches.

But seeing Torres use BOTH sides of the field to get his doubles was impressive.

Also getting a hit today were other top prospects like Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar.

Prospect Tyler Wade, mostly an infielder but also getting OF time to increase his versatility, made a mistake that allowed an inside-the-park HR to Maikel Franco, who had 2 HR for the day. Wade touched a ball that went under the fence. He signaled for a ground rule double, but it didn’t apply here. By the time he reached under, got the ball and threw it in, it was too late. A learning experience.

Adam Warren pitched two perfect innings. Dietrich Enns went 14-4, 1.73 for AA/AAA last year.

Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Enns 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up HR. Blown save.
Camarena 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR, back to back, Blown save.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Mantiply 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Took the loss.

A-Rod to YES booth? and players soon leaving for the WBC.

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After a couple years of being praised for his contributions to the FOX postseason broadcasts, could it be that Alex Rodriguez could be doing some work for the YES network? Maybe not full-time but part-time? Rumors are that this could happen.

Some Yankees, like Didi Gregorius, who homered yesterday in the Yanks’ spring training opener and Dellin Betances will be leaving camp soon to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees’ second spring training game is this afternoon at Clearwater, home of the Phillies. Adam Warren will start for the Yankees.

S.T. Game 1. Didi, Judge and Higashioka HR in Yanks’ 9-4 win.

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Didi Gregorius, Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka all homered in the Yanks’ 9-4 win over the Phillies Friday afternoon in their spring training opener.

The Yanks also had three triples in the game.

Matt Holliday went 2 for 2. Ruben Tejada had a single, walk and scored two runs. Miguel Andujar had a double and triple, scored two and drove in one. Clint Frazier had a two-run triple. Also tripling was Dustin Fowler.

The Yankees’ pitchers didn’t allow a baserunner until the seventh.

Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (W)
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (H)
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K (H)
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K (H)
Montgomery 2 IP, 2 R (BOTH UNEARNED) 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.

Spring training games start today.

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First spring training game today at 1 PM Eastern. Bryan Mitchell on the mound. Outside of Ellsbury (arrived late to camp, new daddy) the lineup looks like what could be the Opening Day lineup.

Bleier traded, A-Rod makes retirement official, A-Rod mgr.? and a rule

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Designated for assignment last week when the Yanks picked up Chris Carter, Richard Bleier was traded today to the Orioles for a player to be named later or ca$h considerations.

A-Rod showed up at spring training to be an instructor (and one expensive one at that). When asked about a comeback, he mentioned that since that last game as a Yankee on August 12th of last year that some teams reached out to him but that no, he isn’t coming back. He’s officially retired.

This week there has been some talk of A-Rod as a manager, maybe even replacing Girardi. I’m not in favor of that for a couple different reasons. First, how would he handle a pitching staff? Houk, Berra, Torre and Girardi, to name some recent Yankees managers, were all catchers. A-Rod wasn’t.

Also, take a GOOD look at some of the greatest managers of all time. How many great players do you see? Rose wasn’t especially a good manager before his suspension from baseball. Neither was Ted Williams in his short term as manager,nor Eddie Mathews or Mel Ott. Ryne Sandberg? Bust. Player-managers like Tris Speaker succeeded because they were still PLAYING.

The great managers are usually those who were NOT great when playing (Joe Torre being an exception) but who got to the majors based on their brains and tenacity not their playing skill. Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Herzog and Dick Williams weren’t great players but were great managers. Casey Stengel wasn’t known as an all-time great player, neither Miller Huggins. The same can be said for people who never made the majors like Joe Maddon, Jim Leyland, Earl Weaver or Joe McCarthy.

Being a great player doesn’t make you a great manager. Quite the opposite.

Lastly, MLB is making a change to the intentional walk. I hate it. Now, a manager only need to signal and the batter takes his base. No pitches need to be thrown. It doesn’t happen often, but I’ve seen wild pitches, passed balls, stolen bases off those balls thrown wide of the plate. Heck, last year a pitcher threw a ball not far off the plate, Gary Sanchez swung at it and just missed hitting a HR (it was caught just short of the fence for a sac fly). Terrible decision. I’m going to hate this rule.